Shader syntax colorization
Whether your shader code is in HLSL files or FX files, the Visual Studio shader editor recognizes them. The shader editor provides syntax highlighting and braces auto-completion, making it easy to read and write shader code in Visual Studio. You can also configure the editor to use your favorite fonts and theme.
Shader files are part of your project
Just like they should be, shader files can be managed and built as part of your Visual Studio projects. Simply set the shader file properties to specify the shader type, shader model, and optimization settings you want. Visual Studio takes care of shader compilation for you.
Design pixel shaders in Visual Studio Shader Designer
If you don’t know HLSL or prefer a more visual way to create shaders, the Visual Studio Shader designer has you covered. Instead of writing shader code in an editor, you add and connect shader nodes using a graphical interface. You can apply different textures, lights, and even add and view animations in real time. Making shaders has never been easier.